Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely and relaxing summer holiday and are well refreshed ready for the year. The Year 4 team are looking forward to welcoming you all back and taking you on an exciting learning journey this year.
In the Autumn term, we will be learning about Ancient Egyptian life during our topic lessons. We will be exploring the fascinating lifestyle and events that led this to be such an interesting time in history. We will carry out our learning with many exciting opportunities such as art and drama as well as linking our topic to our English learning.
In English we will be writing quest stories based on 'Tomb Quest - Book of the Dead.' If you wish to purchase a copy it can be found on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/TombQuest-1-Book-Michael-Northrop-ebook/dp/B00Q6V4AO4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1504262109&sr=8-5&keywords=tombquest.
In Science, we will be learning all about sound and how we hear.
Our PE day will be on a Monday. Please remember to have all P.E kit ready as the children will be going outside. Please ensure all P.E kit is clearly named.
Mr Robert Paice and Mrs Pippa Harvey (Picasso)
Miss Leanne Murphy (O'Keeffe)
Miss Sally Dove (English) and Mrs Kim Parker (Maths) - Learning Lodge
Thursday 16th November
Deadline for Christmas card order
Tuesday 21st November 2017
British Museum trip to the Ancient Egyptian galleries
Friday 24th November 2017
Friday 1st December 2017
Science home learning deadline
Tuesday 5th December 2017 - 2:30 - 3:15 pm
Open afternoon - Step inside the world of Ancient Egypt as the Round Diamond Museum launches its new display.
Year 4 had a fantastic day out to the British Museum on Tuesday (21/11/17). We got to explore the ancient Egyptian galleries which bought to life lots of the learning that we have been doing in class. We carried out a range of activities that allowed us to look at many different items in the cases and explore artefacts in more detail. We even got some ideas for activities that we could do with our parents on our upcoming open afternoon (Tuesday 5th December). Children found all the items linked to mummies particularly fascinating and were very impressed by the Rosetta Stone! The behaviour and positive attitudes of all the children were exemplary and all the staff who came were very proud. Well done year 4!
This week in science, Year 4 were looking at the functions of the digestive system. To bring this learning to life, we carried out an interesting demonstration which shows the functions of different organs in the digestive system. We added crackers and a banana to a sandwich bag which acted as the stomach and then added orange juice and water which were stomach acid and saliva. We then mixed the items in the bag, mimicking the action of muscles in the stomach. After that, we poured the mixture into a pair of tights which were representing the intestines. At this point, the fluids in the mixture exited the tights which represented the body absorbing nutrients from food in the small intestine. The mixture then solidified in the large intestine which we then placed into a cup, and pushed the waste out of the cup, demonstrating the act of the body getting rid of waste. As you can see, the children certainly enjoyed it (as did the adults!) and it allowed them to consolidate their understanding of the functions of the digestive system and apply it to their learning.
Today, year 4 carried out some learning linked to Remembrance Day.
We begun the morning with a class discussion about the significance of Remembrance Day and the poppy. We then wrote our own war poem based on the experiences of a solider in the war and created our own Remembrance silhouette pictures.
The children focused on including description, similes and personification in their writing and created some very effective poems. All children enjoyed the challenges of creating the silhouette pictures with some very please results!
In year 4, we have started a new topic on the digestive system in science. This week, we looked at the different organs in the digestive system and learned their names. We developed our understanding by adding the organs and their names to our learning wall to refer to throughout our topic. Next week, we will be going onto to understanding the functions of the different parts of the digestive system.
Well done to Picasso class for their first attendance cup win of the year. What was even more pleasing was that we had 100% of the children in school on time. Keep it up!
Year 4 had lots of fun learning how to create their own educational computer game. We are looking forward to
posting some finished games when they are complete!
Year four have had a successful and exciting start to the school year. Miss Murphy and Mrs Harvey would like to thank the children personally for making us feel welcome and helping us to settle into Round Diamond School.
Year 4 started off their Ancient Egyptian topic with a range of fun and inspiring activities. We got to piece together photographs of Ancient Egypt, identified Ancient Egyptian objects and even got to go inside our own Ancient Egyptian tomb filled with photographs and even 4 canopic jars. The tomb was certainly a favourite with the children! This helped us to recall what we already knew about Ancient Egypt and create questions that we wanted to find the answer to during our learning.
Enjoy some photos of our fun afternoon below:
So far we have thought about where electricity comes from, how it is made, safety issues surrounding electricity and have started to look at electrical circuits. Below is a link that will help you to further explore electrical circuits by changing the components.
Thursday 20th April 2017
Today Year 4 took part in the second House Event.
For today's event Year 3 and 4 joined together in their houses to 'Take One Picture'.
Our activities focused around the picture 'Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh'.
We split into our house groups and each house worked with a different teacher to create some fantastic art learning.
Year 5/6 and Year 1/2 also took part in this event :)
🐷🐮On The Farm! 🐔🐴 WB 27.03.2017
As part of our cross curricular learning this week we have focused on the geography element of farms and farming.
First we used compasses to explore the different compass points and how these can relate to map reading. We then read a variety of maps focusing of the key to show us different points of interest. Finally, we applied all of these skills along with our understanding of different farms and types of farming to decide where in Stevenage we would place our farm.
World Book Day 02/03/17
Both children and teachers in Year 4 had a great day celebrating world book day today. They had the opportunity to take part in a workshop led by a visiting storyteller. They retold traditional world tales as well as made up some of their own stories.
Rainforest weather! 25/01/17
After learning about the typical climate in rainforest we planned our own weather reports for rainforests around the world 🌍
Remembrance Day 2016
In class this afternoon, Picasso have been thinking about Remembrance day and what this means. We thought about what it means and who we are remembering. We also observed 2 minutes of silence in assembly this morning.
Picasso & O'Keeffe